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Indispensable? Better think again…

If you were hit by the proverbial bus while going to work tomorrow, how would your team go about getting the job done? Are you one of those leaders who like to think they are indispensable, and then acts to be sure that they are? Or are you a leader who prepares their people to function in their absence? Recently one of our leadership students had to take an immediate…

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“Because I said so, that’s why!” Complacent leaders yield leadership at its worst

The Captain of the ship ruling with an iron fist, the Platoon Sergeant kicking his troops into action, the CEO yelling at and berating those who accomplish the company’s mission, Hollywood is not short of bad stereotypes when it comes to leadership. But in the real world, effective organizations rarely result from such command and control leadership. Those who wield their positions of authority by refusing to answer subordinate’s questions…

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Everyday Leaders, Extraordinary Insights

There is no shortage of articles on the internet sharing various expert opinions about leadership. One thing I’ve learned as I spend time coaching individuals from our leadership courses is that there are plenty of smart people out there in the trenches who’ve learned a thing or two about leadership as well.  Early last year I wrote an article about 15 leadership insights our students shared during our coaching sessions.…

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Solving Leadership Challenges in a Global Virtual Team

This week’s guest blogger is a recent graduate of our Leadership Excellence Course in Indianapolis.  It is my pleasure to welcome Sewa Bhatt to these pages.  Sewa is an IT manager for a global pharmaceutical company.  She is a certified project management professional and leads a large diverse global team dedicated to furthering patient safety.  More projects are now using a geographically dispersed workforce and in many companies working with…

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Employee Engagement? Start with Leadership Engagement

Employee engagement is certainly a hot topic in companies these days, having a direct effect as it does on organizational success, employee retention and the bottom line. Unfortunately, I still see and hear too many instances of employees “checking out” and disengaging from work. The most common thread I see? Disengaged leadership, especially at the level of front line managers or project/team leads.  People tend to disengage when they have…